The Best Paint Color for Your Zodiac Sign, According to an Astrologer

Look to your zodiac sign for inspiration for your next home improvement project or DIY furniture makeover.

<p>Annie Schlechter</p>

Annie Schlechter

Have you ever wondered why you have an affinity for some colors and a strong aversion to others? Color psychology provides one answer, demonstrating the powerful influence color has on your mood and behavior. If you’re into astrology, you’ll know your zodiac sign can play a role in shaping your personality—which can also influence your color preferences. Each sign has its own set of characteristics and is inevitably drawn to different color palettes.

We spoke to Molly McCord, M.A., a professional astrologer and author of Awakening Astrology: Five Key Planetary Energies for Personal Transformation to understand more about the core traits of each zodiac sign and identify the perfect paint color for each one.

As you plan your next bathroom remodel or living room makeover, take inspiration from these zodiac-inspired paint color suggestions before you head to the hardware store.

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Aquarius (January 21 - February 18): Electric Aqua

<p>Courtesy of Behr</p>

Courtesy of Behr

McCord describes the Aquarius sign as "avant-garde, rebellious, and modern." Aquarians are highly intelligent, creative, and famously independent, and intent on doing things their way. Their compassionate, giving, direct, and honest nature makes them popular amongst their friends. "Why blend in when you can stand out with the eclectic Aquarius vibe that breaks through barriers and challenges the status quo?" McCord says. As an air sign represented by the Water Bearer, a bright aquatic blue is the obvious color match for Aquarius.

Best paint color for Aquarius: Conjure the optimistic and friendly feel of an Aquarian with Paradise Sky by Behr. Blue and green combine to create an electric aqua that is instantly uplifting and refreshing. The color symbolizes introspection, mental clarity, tranquility, open communication, and compassion.

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Pisces (February 19 - March 20): Seafoam Green

<p>Courtesy of Benjamin Moore</p>

Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Pisces is a water sign renowned for being "dreamy, intuitive, and empathetic," says McCord. They have a unique gift of emotional sensitivity, making them extremely compassionate people yet vulnerable to criticism. Pisces are creative visionaries and "idealistic, searching for beautiful experiences, as well as looking for subtle hints of glamour." Pisces means ‘fishes’ in Latin, so it’s unsurprising that this sign is drawn to a tropical coastal palette featuring sandy neutrals and a light seafoam green reminiscent of crystal-clear Caribbean waters. The buoyant hue has a fresh and airy feel, promoting clarity of mind, creativity, and emotional harmony.

Best paint color for Pisces:
Conjure a tropical beachside vibe with Seafoam Green by Benjamin Moore. The light, pastel-like shade captures Pisces' affinity with the sea and is instantly calming and rejuvenating, while the yellow undertone exudes the energy and dynamism of the ocean.

Related: The Top Green Paint Colors Designers Swear By

Aries (March 21 - April 19): Energetic Red

<p>Courtesy of Benjamin Moore</p>

Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

"As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries leads the pack with an energetic style and desire for risk," McCord says. Energetic, impulsive, and risky, Aries’ dynamism, courage, and sense of fun are best expressed with shades of red and bright primary colors. The color of passion and energy, red motivates us to take action, yet it is also used to signal danger.

Best paint color for Aries: Accent your space with pops of Benjamin Moore’s Red, a classic and pure shade that lends an extravagant touch to any space. Cool it down with a bright mid-blue, like Blueberry, and a gray-tinted white, like Distant Gray.

Related: The Best Red Paint Colors, According to Experts

Taurus (April 20 - May 20): Earthy Green

<p>Courtesy of Farrow & Ball</p>

Courtesy of Farrow & Ball

Grounded, stable, and reliable, earth signs like Taurus gravitate toward rich and mossy green shades and gentle grays. "The earthy vibes of Taurus are built to last but also desire comfort, pleasure, and sensuality," McCord says. Dark greens with warm, earthy undertones evoke stability, growth, balance, and a comforting sense of familiarity. The color forges a deep connection with nature that simultaneously relaxes and energizes.

Best paint color for Taurus: Wrap yourself in a warm embrace with Bancha  by Farrow & Ball. The rich olive green color is perfect if you’re looking to create depth and interest by embracing strong, earthy tones in your home. For a calm and serene space, pair it with a warm muted pink, like Sucking Room Pink and a neutral. Opt for Old White for a traditional aesthetic or Ammonite for a more contemporary look.

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Gemini (May 21 - June 20): Lemon Yellow and Sky Blue

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Courtesy of Lick

Geminis are intellectual, clever, and sociable people who get a kick out of gathering information and discussing their findings with anyone who will listen. "Quick-minded and curious, Gemini likes options and seeks lively expressions," says McCord, who believes pale yellow and sky blue best capture this air sign's enthusiastic and lively energy. Two colors associated with a cloudless summer's day, blue conjures a sense of tranquility, freshness, and clarity of thought, while yellow stimulates positive energy, creativity, and open communication.

Best paint color for Gemini: Inspire positivity and optimism with Lick’s Blue 08 and Yellow 06. Straight out of Lick’s Joyful Palette, these energizing and revitalizing colors will instantly flood your home with a feel-good vibe.

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Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Pastel Pink and Blue

<p>Courtesy of Valspar</p>

Courtesy of Valspar

Cancer is a water sign admired for its compassionate, sensitive, gentle, and loving characteristics. Cancers often feel deeply and have incredible emotional intelligence and intuition, making them naturally empathetic, caring, and loyal beings. McCord recommends a gentle palette of pastel pinks and blues for this sign to mirror their calm, caring, and nurturing personality. Because pastels have a low saturation, they feel softer and less intimidating and inspire a peaceful and friendly environment.

Best paint color for Cancer: Create a sense of comforting calmness with Blue Mist and Pink Ribbon by Valspar. Pastel shades are easy on the eye and conducive to relaxation, making them popular for bedrooms, bathrooms, and nurseries. These delicate shades will create a space that feels instantly cozy and inviting. 

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Leo (July 23 - August 22): Joyful Orange

<p>Courtesy of Behr</p>

Courtesy of Behr

Leo is a fire sign with a verve for life. Bursting with positivity and infectious energy, Leos are highly entertaining, fun to be around and have a great knack for finding the bright side of any situation. "'Look at me' Leo loves to make a statement with pizzazz and stand out from the crowd," says McCord, who matches their bold, colorful, and dramatic personality to a gleaming sunshine yellow, orange, and gold palette. Orange and yellow are optimistic, uplifting, energetic colors that inspire confidence, creativity, and spontaneity.

Best paint color for Leo: Jazz up your home with a splash of Joyful Orange by Behr. Use it on the ceiling, in an alcove, or inside a cupboard for a fun, unexpected burst of joy. Alternatively, cover your walls in the hue to create a bold statement that reflects your colorful and radiant personality. 

Virgo (August 23 - September 22): Grounding Neutrals

<p>Courtesy of Farrow & Ball</p>

Courtesy of Farrow & Ball

At the opposite end of the spectrum to Leo sits Virgo: Logical, practical, grounded, detail-oriented, and modest. "The Virgo aesthetic often prefers to keep their environment pure, basic, and clear to reduce overwhelm," McCord says. Virgos are attracted to minimalist styles featuring clean and simple forms and a paired back, neutral color palette; think beige, gentle brown, and muted green shades. While some may deem these neutral shades safe and predictable, for earth sign Virgo, they represent simplicity, comfort, and tranquility and make a reliable, soothing, and organized foundation.

Best paint color for Virgo: School House White and Drop Cloth by Farrow & Ball are a pared-back, timeless, and versatile color combination that sit effortlessly in modern and traditional homes. For a touch of color, introduce accents of Lichen, a muted green, the color of creeping algae. The combination is understated, elegant, and instantly grounding. 

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Libra (September 22 - October 23): Appeasing Blue

<p>Courtesy of Lick</p>

Courtesy of Lick

Libras are sociable, diplomatic, and charming. They have a gift for shape-shifting, so they can effortlessly mingle and connect with different squads. They are great thinkers and creators on a perpetual mission to create harmony, order, and justice. They like the arts and have a profound appreciation for beautiful things with which they like to surround themselves. "Libra has a gift for connecting in stylish places that feel warm and inviting," McCord says. Unsurprisingly, air sign Libras are drawn to mid-blue hues, a color associated with calm, trust, loyalty, reliability, balance, order, and mental clarity.

Best paint color for Libra:
Create a calm and harmonious environment with Lick’s Blue 05, a warm and grounding mid-blue. True to Libra, the color is super versatile, combining effortlessly with various color palettes and styles.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21): Enchanting Crimson

<p>Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams</p>

Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

Scorpios are known for their often secretive demeanor, holding emotions, thoughts, and truths below the surface, which gives them a constant air of mystery. "Scorpios are intense, sexy, and magnetic," McCord says. This passionate sign naturally gravitates towards dark, velvety touches and a dramatic color palette of purple, red, and black. While, for some, black holds negative connotations of sadness, the color is also associated with authority, power, strength, and sophistication.

Best paint color for Scorpio: Capture your dazzling Scorpio sophistication with a near-black crimson like Rookwood Dark Red by Sherwin-Williams. True to Scorpio, the color is alluring, intriguing, and seductive and carries the same influence as black or red without the aggressive intensity of the shades in their purest form.

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Sagittarius (November 22 - December 32): Vibrant Fuschia

<p>Courtesy of Dunn-Edwards</p>

Courtesy of Dunn-Edwards

Sagittarius takes a you-only-live-once approach to life. They are famously fun, lively, curious, and dynamic beings. "It’s 'go big or go home' with never-boring Sagittarius who are often on the move and open to the unknown," McCord says. "Their adventurous, vibrant, and humorous nature pairs perfectly with vivid colors, like magenta and royal blue." Magenta is a bright reddish-purple color, often referred to as fuchsia, that prides itself on its individuality. Associated with friendliness, happiness, and intuition, magenta, or fuchsia, is not a color for the faint-hearted, reflecting Sagittarius’ affinity for adventure and novelty.

Best paint color for Sagittarius: Go big and bold like a true Sagittarius with a pop of Fiery Fuchsia by Dunn-Edwards. This vibrant shade of deep pink is adventurous and daring and commands attention. Tone it down with contemporary gray shades, like Lace Veil and Silver Polish.

Capricorn (21 December - January 20): Sophisticated Gray

<p>Courtesy of Farrow & Ball</p>

Courtesy of Farrow & Ball

A sign distinguished by its practical, reliable, and ambitious character, Capricorns are often considered hard-working high achievers who are pragmatic, grounded, and structured. "Capricorns are professional, elegant, and classy, and associated with timelessness and what is built to last," McCord says. They are drawn toward reliable, practical, and sensible neutral shades like black, white, gray, and brown and sophisticated colors like navy.

Best paint color for Capricorn: Exude Capricorns elegance, sophistication, and dependability with Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball. True to Capricorn, gray symbolizes maturity, wisdom, responsibility, stability, neutrality, and balance. Like all grays, the shade is practical, versatile, and has a steadying effect on other colors. It is particularly well-suited to modern design styles.

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